• Nick Goepper becomes first skier to qualify for U.S. Olympic men’s slopestyle team
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    Nick Goepper becomes first skier to qualify for U.S. Olympic men’s slopestyle team

    The U.S. men’s freeski slopestyle team has its first member for PyeongChang. Nick Goepper qualified for his second Olympic team on Sunday as the U.S. selection events start to draw to a close.

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  • Russia's wait for Olympic invites gives hope to reserves
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    Russia's wait for Olympic invites gives hope to reserves

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro aren't typical Russian Olympians, but it won't be a typical Olympics for Russia. The British-born Zagorski and Australian-born Guerreiro are Russia's third-choice ice dance pair and first alternates for the Winter Olympics. But with Russian sport mired in doping scandals, they're ready for a surprise invitation to compete in Pyeongchang if other skaters are barred.

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  • Russia nominates their Olympic figure skating team
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    Russia nominates their Olympic figure skating team

    Pending approval from the International Olympic Committee, Russia has nominated their figure skaters for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. The athletes will compete under a neutral flag and be known as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

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  • 2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Team General Manager Jim Johannson dies at 53
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    2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Team General Manager Jim Johannson dies at 53

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, has died just a couple weeks before the start of the Pyeongchang Games. He was 53. Johannson passed away in his sleep Sunday morning, according to USA Hockey. Executive director Pat Kelleher says the organization is "beyond shocked and profoundly saddened" by the loss of the Rochester, Minnesota native.

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  • Maren Lundby wins 5th straight ski jumping World Cup event
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    Maren Lundby wins 5th straight ski jumping World Cup event

    ZAO, Japan (AP) — Maren Lundby won her fifth straight World Cup ski jumping event on Sunday, building momentum for next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics. Lundby posted jumps of 97.0 and 101.0 meters on the normal hill for a total of 245.9 points, giving the Norwegian victories in six of the eight World Cup events this season. “My jumps today were good,” Lundby said. “Especially the last one. I was a bit late on the takeoff of the first jump.”

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  • Summer Britcher peaking at right time
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    Summer Britcher peaking at right time

    Summer Britcher seems to be peaking at precisely the right time. Britcher won gold for the U.S. in the women's World Cup luge sprint race at Lillehammer, Norway on Sunday for her second victory on the circuit in as many days. Britcher now is third in the overall World Cup standings, with a very realistic chance of getting to the No. 2 spot at next weekend's World Cup finale in Sigulda, Latvia.

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  • Kelly Clark qualifies for fifth Olympics; Maddie Mastro makes first halfpipe team
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    Kelly Clark qualifies for fifth Olympics; Maddie Mastro makes first halfpipe team

    On the night Kelly Clark qualified for a fifth Olympics, a woman half her age made her first team. Clark, the most decorated female halfpipe rider with three Olympic medals and more than 70 career wins, notched another victory in the fourth and final qualifier Saturday night. Maddie Mastro, who was born after Clark made her X Games debut in 2000, finished third in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

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  • North Korea's medal chances in PyeongChang; Olympic preview
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    North Korea's medal chances in PyeongChang; Olympic preview

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The 22 North Korean athletes now invited to compete at the Winter Olympics next month are unlikely to bring home any medals across the border from South Korea. Of all the athletes given late entries in five sports, only the figure skating pair met the qualifying standard on merit. North Korea's wait for a first Winter Games medal since 1992 is expected to continue.

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  • Alina Zagitova hands Yevgenia Medvedeva first loss in 2 years
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    Alina Zagitova hands Yevgenia Medvedeva first loss in 2 years

    Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva is no longer the clear favorite in the Winter Olympics’ marquee event. The two-time world champion lost for the first time in more than two years, upset by training partner Alina Zagitova at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow. Italian Carolina Kostner earned bronze. Zagitova, the 15-year-old world junior champion, set personal bests in the short program and free skate.

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  • Julia Marino, Hailey Langland qualify for Olympics; Kyle Mack makes men's team
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    Julia Marino, Hailey Langland qualify for Olympics; Kyle Mack makes men's team

    The addition of snowboard big air to the Olympics next month means Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland have two chances for a U.S. podium sweep in PyeongChang. Marino and Langland qualified for the U.S. big air and slopestyle team Saturday, joining the already qualified Anderson, who won slopestyle’s debut in Sochi. Anderson, Marino and Langland swept the podium in that order at the last Olympic qualifier in slopestyle in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

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